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Intel unveils purpose-built Neural Network Processor for deep learning

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Intel unveiled its beefiest and most specialized deep-learning hardware yet this afternoon. Speaking at the Wall Street Journal's D.Live event, CEO Brian Krzanich unveiled the first fruit of Intel's Nervana acquisition: the Neural Network Processor, or NNP. The company claims this application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) is purpose-built to handle AI workloads such as matrix multiplications and convolutions, unlike general-purpose compute hardware like CPUs and GPUs.

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